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Yin YangThe Yin and Yang of Privacy and Transparency

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Published on: December 28, 2012

Transparency and Privacy: the Yin Yang of Our Age ()

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“May you live in interesting times.” – Ancient Chinese curse

There has never been a time in history where so many people have had so much access to so much information as right now. Entire encyclopedias, vastly more expansive than twenty printed volumes, are now easily and freely available on the Internet, and through wikis they are constantly being updated and refreshed. Gigantic databases catalog every actor, director, writer, and more involved in every piece of film made or even in the works, and again can be freely accessed by us all. And an endless army of bloggers fill the Internet with their observations, opinions, beliefs, yearnings, and experiences.

It all sounds great, but there is a problem. More information about everything means more information about you and me. And that is making more than a few people uncomfortable. In this post, I, a humble member of the army of bloggers, want to take a look at the modern yin yang of transparency and privacy.

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I’m sorry for the silence.

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Published on: December 22, 2012

I’m sorry. ()

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I want to post a public and heartfelt apology for not keeping up better on this blog. I launched it in May 2012 and posted fairly regularly until late July. Then, I was busy preparing for a vacation in Maine and let a few weeks slip. Upon returning from Maine, I was busy catching up at work, and let a few more weeks slip. Well, weeks turned to months and here we are, the weekend before Christmas, little more than one week before the year is over, and I had posted nothing since late July.

I think other blogs are often abandoned for the amount of work they require, and I told myself I would be careful and that wouldn’t happen. But obviously it did. I have also been silent on my other social accounts. Google +, Twitter, Pinterest, even, to some degree, LinkedIn. All of this was not my intent, and is a fairly poor example of the marketing I want to promote for businesses. In my defense, this blog is not currently a business, but that isn’t the point. I was dedicated to doing something and I didn’t do it.

I’m sorry.

I’m happy to say that, with a few days off for the Christmas holiday, I have decided to get back into it and post to the blog again. I will regroup and re-form my schedule to get posts out more regularly. I’ll also try to be more of a presence on social media, so feel free to contact me there. Finally, I will go back and slog through the mass of comments that are waiting for approval. The vast majority of them, possibly all of them, are spam, but I will check each one and will approve those that are genuine.

I need to spend some time updating the WordPress software on this site, and then I will begin posting again probably sometime next week. Thank you for reading my blog and trusting me to bring you my perspective. I will not let you down again.

Google’s Search for Good Taste

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Published on: July 30, 2012

Google’s Relentless Quest ()

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You may think that the goals of modern search engines are an entirely new thing in human history. You would be wrong. Yes, the technology has never appeared before, and yes, the stakes are completely different than they’ve ever been. But Google’s relentless quest is one that humanity has been concerned with for millennium, maybe longer. It is the quest for that mysterious and changeable quality I’ll call good taste.

That, I’m sure, is not what you expected me to say. Surely, as a business their concern is money, as a brand it is reputation, and as software it is a kind of transparent functionality that is both smart and resilient. Of course, all that is true. But all of that is dependent on whether Google can tap into a sense of taste and hold onto it. No easy task.

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